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by Keith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa
Replies: 15
Views: 1303

Re: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa

JohnK wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:24 pm
Many would suggest to start with In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi
That's certainly what I would suggest
by Keith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa
Replies: 15
Views: 1303

The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa

Which parts of The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa are controversial? Which bits differ from the Pali Canon? Is it worth reading? Can a beginner use it as a starting text summarising the Dhamma?
by Keith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 1460

Re: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

Maybe The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa? But I understand there are controversial parts of it. I'll start a new thread about that.
by Keith
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 1460

Re: Why is all Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

Buddhism needs... Not sure that it does. Already mentioned is the available anthologies by respected scholar monks. There are also shorter books that attempt to summarise the Dhamma written by lay folk, but the attempt to simplify concepts or use English translations of key doctrinal terms risks ca...
by Keith
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 1460

Re: Why is all Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

There is a lot of repetition. Some passages or even whole Suttas are repeated in different parts of the Pali Canon. If it was a database, it would be considered very inefficient use of memory; however, the repetition (or more specifically the slight variations in the repeated parts) helps to verify ...
by Keith
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?
Replies: 65
Views: 2245

Re: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?

The more I practise, the less these ideas (devas, hell realms etc) bother me. I used to find them objectionable, I don't any more. I wouldn't say I'm a believer in devas and hell realms etc yet, but I can see the value in accepting them for now
by Keith
Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do you think about Triratna?
Replies: 16
Views: 1592

Re: What do you think about Triratna?

I've generally positive experiences with them. My nearest Theravada centre (and every other I've ever visited) is frequented almost exclusively by Asian folk. Posters and leaflets are in a script I cannot read. Dhamma taught talks are either in a language I do not know, or are in English with such a...
by Keith
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist school without monks
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: A Buddhist school without monks

Depending on your definitions, the Triratna Order may count
by Keith
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: In rememberance of jcsuperstar
Replies: 41
Views: 11085

Re: In rememberance of jcsuperstar

Somtimes I find myself wondering whether jcsuperstar's next life is being kind to him. Metta to him.
by Keith
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Sharing merit
Replies: 2
Views: 791

Sharing merit

When sharing the merit, Bhikkhu Bodhi sings: Akasattha ca bhummattha deva naga mahiddhika punnantam anumoditva ciram rakkhantu sasanam I have two books with Pali chants in. In both the first stanza is listed as: Akasattha ca bhummattha deva naga mahiddhika punnantam anumoditva ciram rakkhantu loka s...
by Keith
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 193
Views: 80477

Re: your home altar/shrine

Nwad wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:24 pm
Laboratory 2..
That is beautiful
by Keith
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 193
Views: 80477

Re: your home altar/shrine

My altar at work, which is a mishmash of styles for two reasons. 1) I find they are a good talking point for students (I am a teacher in school). 2) I find them aesthetically pleasing. IMG_20190910_071613-01.jpeg My altar at home, if it can be so called, is simply a single buddharupa on the top shel...
by Keith
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?
Replies: 24
Views: 884

Re: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?

It depends on how many beings have exhausted their time in higher realms, as well as how many from lower realms. Samsara is in flux, and I do not agree with your conclusion that the number of beings should be decreasing simply because a human birth is rare. Rarity is relative. Since human state is ...
by Keith
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?
Replies: 24
Views: 884

Re: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?

topic is human not animals . I must have misinterpreted your question. The increase in human population is not significant compared to how many sentient beings exist in Samsara. You originally asked about a contradiction, but I see none. Well , the question is since rebirth as human being very diff...